Sunday, January 8, 2017

$1.31 Of Over The Top Fun!

Today I went thrifting with my cousin, Anne.
We had a great time. Breakfast and then off to the thrift store!

We spent quite a lot of time digging through the racks of clothes. 
We found some fabulous finds for work and play!

We headed to the back of the store looking for 
decorative treasures.
I found a couple of  vintage metal file folder racks for work.
(I've decided I want to use vintage pieces for my desk at work. 
I know. Shocker!) 

I took a turn down the next aisle and this small vintage silver plate pitcher was jumping up and down waving at me! 
Just a couple of feet away were some glass pieces with a votive candle holder that fit inside the pitcher! Perfect!

I cleaned them up and found a candle to make it complete.



It's the small things in life that make us so happy!

$1.01 - Pitcher
.30 - Glass Votive Holder
$1.31 - Of Over The Top Fun!

 Always appreciate you stopping by - thank you!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!

Julie 



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcome 2017


Wishing You a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!



Hugs & Happy Treasure Hunting!

Julie 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Treasure Hunting Story: The Vintage Ladder and the Fruit Boxes!

Greetings!
Thanks for stopping by to check in.
It's been awhile since I've posted something.
I've had some changes in my life.
It's been a bit of an adjustment for me.
Nevertheless, here I am. Feels good to be back!
Onward ho!
I know what I am going to share isn't
anything new or over the top.
This is a little story about treasure hunting. Finding one object at a time and coming up with something that is unique!
Last spring I stopped at a sale. It was late in the day. I didn't expect to find much, but to my surprise.....there they were.



4 amazing old wooden boxes! I paid $1. each for them.
I know. It was a fabulous deal!
I grabbed them up like they were gold!

Later on in the summer I found an old wooden ladder. Thought I might use it for plants on the porch. I couldn't pass it up for $5.

The boxes had been stacked in my office.
The ladder was out in the garage.
Then one day, I had an aha moment!
I was so excited! I ran out to the garage...dusted off the ladder and lugged it into the office.

This is how it turned out...



The fourth box didn't fit... a little too wide.
I had  an old tray from a tool box laying around, which takes the place of the box that wouldn't fit. It works for now.
I'd like to find another box to sit on the top shelf.
That's on my junkin' list for this year.



I also had this wooden cart with wheels sitting on a shelf out in the garage. I purchased it from my cousin's Mother/Father in-law. I paid .50 cents for it. They had a barn sale a couple of years ago. I wasn't sure what I'd use it for, but it appealed to me - and did I mention it was .50 cents!!



 I just roll out the bottom box for easy access!

I am using these boxes for storing my recently listed small items.


When the weather gets warmer, I'd like to paint the ladder.
Maybe black? Not sure yet.
I also need to start this project.


That's all for now. I hope to be posting on a more regular basis.
I do appreciate you stopping by and saying hello!
Always a pleasure to hear from you!
Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs!
Julie




























Thursday, September 10, 2015

Diversion = $2. Hand Carved Wooden Artistic Find !

It was a rainy dreary Saturday in August.
I was on my way to the grocery ...and there it was... a sign. 
"Garage Sale Today " - with an arrow pointing down the street. 
I couldn't pass it up. I had to stop. 

I walked up to the sale - where my eyes became fixed on a piece of wood.
As I got closer, I realized it was a thick branch.  
I loved it. 
I had to know more. 
I asked the lady about it. She told me she had purchased it from a local farmer who apparently chisels wood during his down time. 

She used it on her farm table in a previous home. She has since moved and changed her decor to reflect a different look. 
She no longer had a home for it. 
Just so happens, I do!



It's so artistic! Oh my gosh!!! I could see it sitting on the long table in front of the window.
She had a $2. price tag on the piece. Oh yes she did! 

I'd like to say I swooped it up, but it has some weight to it! It's about 36" long and 6" deep. It's got to be over 10 pounds. It's definitely a  focal point piece. I love that it is hand carved!



I purchased some stones to place in the trough. ( it holds 2 1/2 bags !! )






Added tea lights. 


It's sitting on that  long table in the living room - just like I envisioned!!!
Looks so handsome. 



I'm going to change out the paisley table runner with a burlap runner.

I love it. 
So glad I stopped to find such an amazing treasure!

Summer is coming to a close. I didn't see much of it this year. It's been a challenging summer. Lots of "not fun-life stuff" to deal with. 
That's why junking is so much fun! It gives me a break from all the "not fun-life stuff" and allows me have a short vacation in the midst of it all. Being creative is another outlet for me when life gets too serious. It's nice to have a diversion. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I always - always appreciate your comments and the time you take to read the latest. Means so much!

Hope your last days of summer are filled with some fun diversions!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo

Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Unexpected Find at my Favorite Thrift Store. She's a Beauty!

 I love creative fun up-cycle recycle projects .. and ... as you know ...  I love to go junkin'.

 I've tried to back off of the " junkin' - garage sale yard sale - fun " .  I already have an abundance of treasures I need to list in my eBay and Etsy stores.  ( Do you know how hard it is to pass up a garage sale ? Ugh! Breaks my heart, every time! hahahaha ! )

I have also tried to keep my creative projects at a minimum, as I'm struggling to finish my first creative task that I started months ago. 
That's just sad !!! 

Saying that. I have cheated a bit.  A junkin' girl has to have a little fun  once in a while....right ? 

I stopped at my favorite "honey hole thrift store".  I didn't really plan on treasure hunting. Just an innocent trip to the thrift store for some work clothes. 
I spent quite a bit of time going through racks and racks of clothes, didn't come up with much. Headed towards the check out , which is near the furniture area. 
* Oh. My. Word. * There she was....winking at me!!! Gah! 


I HAD to go over and say hello !!! 
I looked her over and then.......I saw the price tag. 

$4.99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Oh my gosh !!!! I quickly (well... it was more like : running to the cash register - sprint )  found an associate  - so that I could pay for her  !!! She was going home with me !!!

There was a  nice young man that helped me carry her to the car. ( She is solid wood! Heavy - solid wood! ) 
I mentioned that I couldn't believe she was still there. 
He said " Ma'am......we JUST put it on the sales floor ! " 
I then knew .... it was meant to be!!! 
I had been frustrated that I spent so much time shopping for clothes - only to find a little something  .... glad I didn't give up on the clothes ! I would have departed without ever seeing her!

Now, I know that you may think I'm a bit crazy for doing this. But. I'm going to paint over the roses / art work. I think the original artist did an amazing job. I feel bad painting over them .... however,  it doesn't match my decor. 

Here's to hoping I can get this project done before the snow flies. 
I'm excited to have her in my office one day. 
She will be perfect to replace another piece I am going to sell.

I hope you are enjoying your summer. 
Thanks for stopping by! Always always appreciated!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie 






Monday, April 27, 2015

Vintage Door Knobs and Hardware Finds & Hurry Up Spring!

It's been a drab Monday here in mid Michigan. 
Gray skies and 47 degrees. 
Apparently, Michigan did not got the memo that it is spring!

My Nashville Tennessee friends have been posting pics of their gardens on facebook the last few days. I'm having some " warm weather - spring where are you? " envy. ha!

I don't think I will be able to garden this year....however,  I will load up my little red wagon with herbs...when it warms up. 




The little red wagon is one of my favorite purchases  since being back in Michigan. 
I wrote a little something about it on the blog .
Click Here if you would like to read about the LRW. 


I've had the last few days off from my "other" job. 
I've been trying to hunker down to get more posted on my eBay and Etsy stores.

I picked up a box of lovely yummy vintage door knobs / hardware at a tag sale awhile back...well, a long while back.  ...... like when I lived in Tennessee - while back. haha! 

I was so excited when I found them! 
 As of today .... I managed to get them all listed!!! 
Yay me!!! 




I have no idea what the last piece is. I guess it must be a latch or knob ? Thought it might be fun for someone that recycles - re-purposes. Already has that chippy thing going on! 

More of the listings are here in my eBay store : Click Here , if you would like to see them. Thanks!




I managed to get a few more pieces of trim listed on Etsy. You can view my store here, if you would like to see the latest goodies : Click Here


Thank you for your comments and stopping by to check in. 
Means so much to me! Thank you thank you!

I also want to thank you for contacting me to notify me of my blog issue.
 Somehow I added Google + to my blog - gah! 
Therefore, many of you couldn't respond or leave a comment!
I remember looking around on it, but I didn't recall clicking the  - "yes, I'd like to have google + added to my blog"- button. I must have done something ! Took me awhile to figure out how to take it off...hopefully it is all back to normal and you can leave a comment. Don't you hate it when something like that happens ?  Oy! 

I hope you are enjoying your spring! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs and Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie xo






Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lace Trim and Vintage Hankies

It's a drizzly day here in the mid Michigan area.
Kinda cold and doesn't quite feel like spring yet.
Grateful it isn't snowing.... ha! ( I say that very carefully , 'cause it could . ) 

I've been working on paperwork the last week or so. Not my favorite thing to do. 
I'd much rather be junkin', painting, creating or listing something to sell. 

I'm trying to embrace paperwork - as it is something that we all have to deal with .... but I find myself easily distracted when working on it. (example :  posting a little something on the blog. ..... I have to chuckle at myself !)

Thought I'd take a moment and share with you some of my lace trim finds from last summer.
First of all I would like to establish that I do not sew. I have thought many times about trying it ( again ) ....maybe at an older age I would have more patience than I did when I tried it 100 years ago. *wink*  It's tempting to try again....but as of today, I do not own a sewing machine. 

Saying that, I am highly attracted to sewing articles when out junking / treasure hunting. Vintage or new .... I usually buy it. ( I think it is a little strange that I'm so attracted to it since I don't sew!?  ) 

Anyway ..... I came across a box of lace trim last summer at a tag sale. I couldn't pass it up. It was a great price.

I finally pulled it out last month and went through it. There was much more  than what I had originally thought. Fun!!!

I began listing several pieces  in my Etsy store. I didn't get through all of it, but I made a dent. I have much more to dig out to sell.

Here are some of the listings....







and one more....





I also listed some vintage hankies.... they were some I found at a sale right around the corner from where I live. At a FARM!  I love going to farm sales. I always find treasures! 




You can view all of these in my Etsy Store.  



I also came across this hand towel. Cracks me up!!! 
"Chicken n Wine"



This is for sale in my eBay store.


That's all for now. 
I'd better get back to my .... well,  you know ..... the "p" word.

Enjoy your day!
Happy Treasure Hunting!

 Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!
Hugs,
Julie 













Monday, August 4, 2014

A Favorite Find - Industrial Style Love

A few weeks ago I stopped at a tag sale.
It was the second day for the sale. I normally don't find many treasures on the second day. But I've learned to never say never AND  I've learned to never pass up stopping at small tag sales. They can be surprising.

I love the industrial look and I love wood and leather. I love to incorporate all 3 looks together. 
That's my goal for my office area. Wood, leather and industrial. Oh and some rose fabric and pictures to soften it up. 

I'm always on the hunt for pieces with drawers or cubby's. 
I've seen several industrial style cabinets at garage sales that I would have LOVED to take home, but they were over priced for me. 

BUT. Not this day.

To my delight. I walked up to this sale ... and there ...  sitting on a long table  ... were 2 vintage stack-able paper trays !  Oh yes please! 


I love their deco style.

But wait. There's more!

As I swooped in to grab the trays ( I was the only one at the sale, but you would have thought there were several "treasure hunters" there. All looking for industrial paper trays - ha! ) ... something caught my attention at the other end of the table. There she was..... 


.... a 6 drawer vintage industrial metal cabinet !!  *Swoon!* 

Before I got too excited, I searched for a price ... and there it was. At the top of the cabinet was a $5. price tag!!! I'm now jumping up and down ( on the inside ) and announced quite loudly " I'd like to purchase this cabinet, please !!!!! " Again. I'm the only shopper there. 

So I handed over $7. to the cashier and ran to my car to put the pieces in the trunk before anyone could change their mind. Not that any of the people having the sale mentioned that they might have second thoughts about selling it.... but just in case. ( I'm such a goober )


She's gonna need a little TLC ... which might become a winter project. Not sure if I should paint it? Kind of leaning towards cream and then putting a coat of black over the top ... sanding it to bring out the cream. 
I don't know what I'll store in it yet. But it will be fun to figure it out.

Until then. I have her sitting next to the suitcases on the top shelf of a cabinet. 



I found a home for the paper trays. They are sitting on a shelf next to my desk. Holding important papers .... like plain paper for my printer. 




The next day I stopped at a couple more tag sales and found 2 different leather briefcases. They are in very good condition. I'm kind of thinking about keeping them to store small goodies in.
I love to stack suitcases for storage. 



That's all for now.


Thanks for stopping by. As always, I appreciate you taking the time.
Means so much!

Happy Treasure Hunting!
xoxo
Julie 













Monday, July 28, 2014

Tureen and Violets. A Fun Gift.

Last Friday, I stopped at a tag sale on my way to work.
I was in a hurry .... only had a few moments.

My eye went right to this covered tureen.
It was sitting on a table that was marked 1/2 off.
I would have paid full price for it, but 1/2 off was a no brainer. 
I swooped it up, paid for it and headed to work.

My cousin  and his "lovely bride" ( the endearing "title"  my cousin uses when speaking of his wife. How sweet is that!  Smart man.) had invited us to their home for dinner - for Friday night.

I knew I wanted to bring a little somethin'- somethin'. 
I offered a dish to pass - but they insisted that they had everything needed. 

Soooo ..... after scoring the tureen, some ideas popped in my head .... ideas for the dinner we were invited to!

The one idea that wouldn't leave me alone was  placing some herbs in the pot. Something about the soft white with the green foliage that makes my heart go pitter-patter. 
I couldn't wait to get off of work to pick up the herbs and create this fabulous idea that was rolling around in my head!

Apparently, I must have made the pot much larger in my mind ....because when it was time to pick out the herbs..... I could only fit ONE herb in the pot. Possibly two, if I had the second one  sitting sideways.  > insert a good chuckle < 

 I just couldn't do ONE herb. It looked wrong. 
Disappointed, I headed to the floral department to see what plan B would look like. 
I had about 5 minutes to pick out a potted flower and get through the check out before I needed to be on my way home. 

The pot wasn't large enough to hold two containers of anything, so I went with the simple violet. It wasn't the grand idea that I had originally thought of, but it would work. 

I only had a minute to take a couple of photos before heading out the door. 






After I took the photos, I realized some of the pink pot was showing through the Spanish moss, so I covered that up with moss before running out the door.
(I looked like a crazy woman with moss flying everywhere! Ha!)

The hostess ( AKA : "Lovely Bride" )  really seemed to like it. I really enjoyed putting it together. 
It was a fun unique gift to whip up. 

I love the small surprises of everyday life. 
Finding a treasure that will brighten the day of another - It made me happy.

Thanks so much for stopping by  .... I appreciate you! 

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Julie 















Monday, July 21, 2014

Dusting Off the Paint Brushes

Once upon a time, in a far off land .... I had a hand painted glassware business.
It was a business that started out as something that filled my need for creativity and slowly grew into something full time.

It was a lot of fun, and I was very grateful for the opportunity. 
I worked hard at building the business. I learned a lot. 
Wouldn't have made it without the help from Mom and  Jody. ( Who is Jody? Read about her HERE )

As time went on....I started to hit the burn out phase. 
That's when I changed direction and headed back into the world of buying and selling vintage finds. (Entirely Apropos)


We were recently invited to a couples wedding shower.
Mike and I like to give gifts that are on the personalized side...or at least maybe something that is unique. 

After pondering some ideas, I thought maybe this would be a good time for me to dust off the paint brushes and see if I still had "it". It's been at least 4 1/2 years since I painted.

I made a trip to the craft store, purchased the glass paint. ( Folk Art Enamel )
Then, headed to Dollar Tree Store to purchase wine glasses.

After digging out my painting tools that have been packed up, and discovering my painting apron ( yay me! ) . I was set.

It took a couple of tries before I started feeling a bit more confident. But . I did it!






I borrowed the frame from The Graphics Fairy ( Click HERE to see the frame and visit The Graphics Fairy -  AWESOME site!  )

I used my design titled " Filigree" for the base. It's a free flowing design. 


I use a bottle and tip to create the design.
Purchased at Hobby Lobby.



I painted six glasses.
Two of them are personalized for the bride and groom. The other four are for their guests. 


The party was this past Saturday night. 
It was an  amazing event! 
The host and hostess went all out. 
"Classy" is the word I would use to describe the party.
I had a wonderful time. 



It was fun to paint again.

I picked up some old barn wood at a tag sale recently. 
I am hoping to do something creative with them before the snow flies. ( Ick. Did I just mention that four  letter word? LOL )

As always, thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate! xoxo

Happy Treasure Hunting!
Hugs, Julie 






















Thursday, July 3, 2014

Once in a Lifetime Moment with Jody Lynn.

Jody Lynn  has been a friend for many many years.
Most of you that follow me on facebook know her from her Scraptherapy page.  
She is an artsy girl with many ABUNDANT  talents.

We met in Nashville, Tn., I'm guessing about 20 years ago. 
She and my Mom were very close.  Mom considered Jody her daughter.  She is a part of our family.

There is a group of us that have followed Jody through her journey of music since we met her all those years ago. We've celebrated with her as she signed on to record a CD titled "Rockin Blues Christmas".  
We've also enjoyed  following Jody Lynn and Deana with their  Mother / Daughter duo -  The Malone's.

Life is full of up and downs. As time went on,  Jody went through a lot of obstacles in her life which didn't allow her the freedom to continue to pursue her music career. 

As many of you know, it's frustrating to have a gift .... and not be able to use it. Especially when it is something that is a part of you. Something that makes you feel alive - brings joy and a sense of contentment / fulfillment. 

We celebrated with her through the victories, and prayed together during the dry seasons. And there were many dry seasons. It was hard and very painful for her during that time of her life.

As time went on, Jody let go of her dreams. She was grateful for the opportunities in the past and laid it all down at God's feet. Letting go. 

Then..... one day..... out of the clear blue sky..... a new opportunity presented itself. It's been a whirlwind since!!! 

Jody Lynn is back! Singing from the depths of her soul!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am for her! It's over the top and above and beyond !! 

The CD party at the CMA Country Music Association was last Monday evening - June 23rd. 

3 weeks prior to the event, I received a surprise! Mike gave me tickets to fly back to Nashville for the event!!! Oh yes he did! I was so excited!!! 

The hardest part was keeping it a secret. But. We did! I was able to surprise Jody at the party.  It was a moment I won't ever forget. 



There we are! The silly scrapbooking groupies, I mean "friends". 

( Thank you, Betty H.- for letting me borrow your photo! )

I am so grateful for the once in a life time moment to see her at this event, at this time. It was very emotional. 
Thank you again, Mike. xoxo


For any of you that feel like your dreams have died and there isn't any hope for them. Hang on. Delay is not denial. ( You know that  I am preaching to myself. * Wink* ) 

Keep on singing and dancin' , Jody Lynn ! 


Jody Lynn signed this to Mike.  Love this photo. 


To listen to Jody Lynn on YouTube: Click Here. 
To read her bio on Playback Records :  Click Here
iTunes Music " The Worlds out Dancin' ":  Click Here


Thanks for stopping by.... means so much!
Happy Treasure Hunting!
xoxox
Julie